2020 December

December 21, 2020

The Christmas Season

As the Christmas Holidays start and we are all wondering what we are permitted or not permitted to do life  still goes on.

Here at Eau Brink Studio we will close at 4pm on the 24th December and reopen for the 28th, 29th and 30th if you want anything or to call for a chat. Anita will be in the studio from 10am till 4pm. The number to call is 01553 762115. Mind you I may talk gibberish due to the excess consuming of foods.

Being the eternal optimist next years programme is up and running with the hope that we can continue to run them even with reduced numbers. All health and safety is in place including track and trace.

Our Smallholding

It is not just us that has to be careful or stay in our birds also have been put inside. Our chickens are in two large runs for their safety and we are currently constructing a polytunnel for the ducks and geese.

Poor geese have never been indoors shut up before. But as Bird Flu is on the rise we have no choice.

The sheep are not happy about this of course because it means they cannot pinch the birds food. They are rather keen on it. But they will also be curtailed ready for the new growing season as I want to get the fruit and veg plot going again with greedy sheep raiding it.


As this year closed and before the new starts I will be spending time reflecting and evaluating ready to start the new year with a blast.  If you want to put anything onto our workshop programme or would like to see something new in the shop let me know and I will happily discuss it with you.

Who knows what will happen but hopefully we will all be thriving this time next year.

Good Luck everyone and thank you for all you support and assistance over this challenging year.






December 15, 2020

2021 Workshops

The 2021 workshops are now live and ready for you to take a look at.

We have some new workshops to mix in with the old and there are more to be added. So why not take a look the the events calendar and see what we are up to at Eau Brink Studio?

We do work within the Covid-19 guidelines and if we have to close for any reason all workshops will be  moved to the next available date.

So what is planned would take up a lot of space on your emails so I will just give you a quick heads up as follows:

Each month we will be in the studio on a Wednesday for the following:

Every 1st Wednesday is Progression in Textiles.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays are Social Wednesdays where you can pop in or stay all day for a chat and sew. For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2021-01-06/

The 3rd Wednesday is Experimental Wednesday where we experiment and try new things or ways of working. If you want to join us just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/stitch-and-create-2020-01-15/2021-01-20/

Each month on a Thursday Evening :

During term times we will be working with younger people from the age of 11 every 1st and 3rd Thursday evening. From 6pm till 8pm.

This is an art club where we go through the basics of art techniques. Drawing is not a vital part of this but drawing practice is encouraged. The younger persons will be filling sketchbooks during each term .

For more information please go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/art-club-11yrs-and-older-2021-01-14/

Visiting Artists –

March – Suzette Smart and Melanie Missin.

April – Amanda Hislop

May – Pauline Wrighton

June – Alison Hulme

July – Alexander Waylett

August – Jenny O’Leary

September – Anne Hellyer

October –

November – Cas Holmes

Dates and times for the above may change depending on government guidelines at the times. I will of course keep you informed on all changes as they occur. 

For further information on the above and for other workshops  please take a look at https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/

Gift Vouchers

Did you know we do gift vouchers starting from £10.00?

A gift voucher is available to use for 12 months from the date it was purchased.

Your gift vouchers can be used for any workshop or purchase within the 12 month period. Even as part payment for a workshop.

Why not give a gift voucher to someone who would love to make one of these great little bird houses?

This is Suzett Smarts workshop in March.

If the bird houses are not for you then take a peek at the others we have on offer. For more information just contact Anita on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk 

Smallholding News

Well we have the mammoth task of keeping in our birds now that the bird flu has hit the region. So we have moved the old polytunnel over and netted it to keep them in. The other were already in a good sized area to protect them from the fox. Now we will put wood chips on the ground for them and string along a few treats to stop them getting bored.

The ducks and geese are the challenge as each time we get them in an enclosure they escape.  But we will see.

When visiting the studio the gates are closed as the sheep keep escaping from their pen. We are looking at new stock fencing for them in the hope it works.

Our puppies are getting along fine though the car journeys still are a challenge for them. Luna is still quite shy and a bit nervous too. But she has come along heaps and bounds. They are learning how to come back when called but still cannot be off the lead outside as they like to chase anything that moves. Well I say anything not the sheep they are too big and intimidating for them.

They do sit when commanded, so we can put on the harness and take it off without all that wriggling. They stop when on a short lead so they can sit by roads too. And they are house trained Hurrah.

Still a bit nervous of other people but they are still very young. So you will be seeing them more and more in the studio now.

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon







December 2, 2020

Hello it is December already? What a year we have all had. I for one am looking forward to 2021.

Decembers news starts off with us coming out of lockdown and our Progression in Textiles meeting.  We had a lovely day where we did a small amount of business but then enjoyed the lovely foods everyone bought in and each others company. Also some very nice cards and gifts from Ruth. A lovely end to our first year.

So how are you all feeling about the coming year ? I am excited about it. We have some new workshops being organised. Ruth is going to teach  a few too.

Wednesdays are now all organised as follows. The first Wednesday of the month is Progression in Textiles. This is a closed group for members only.

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is a social day where you can join us for  a bit of stitching of your choice and a day of socialising with like minded others. Just bring along your stitching and lunch. Refreshments are provided. For more information just follow the link. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday/2020-12-09/

3rd Wednesday of the month is Experimental Wednesday. These days are organised so that you can either have a go at something you have wanted to try but not wanted to purchase a load of equipment first or you can join in with the organised work with Anita.  Refreshments are provided remember your lunch. There is an extra cost for any materials provided by the studio. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-4/2020-12-16/

And then the 4th Wednesday again is a social day the same as the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The exception to this is December as the Studio closes at the end of the day on the 17th December for the Christmas break. So the next social Wednesday will be in January 2021

The Progression group  have some great exhibitions lined up and the members are looking forward to getting their work out for everyone to see. Our first is in February at the Forum as part of Makers Festival. This is being organised now and we will  find out the final details soon. Then in March we hope to be at the NEC which we are very excited about. Hopefully that will be able to go ahead. Check out Eau Brink Website for more information on what’s coming with Progression in Textiles. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/

Powertex is back and there will be a Saturday each month organised for this fabulous day of creating with Powertex.

PAT testing. John will be in the studio one day a month for PAT testing your items. These do not necessarily have to be your sewing machine but anything that will need a test. His rates are very reasonable and he will put new plugs on if you need them. John does a lot of work with Antiques and rewires lamps and other such items to get them safe to use.

And what of the smallholding news for December?

Well the sheep keep escaping from their field and are munching their way through the garden. New and better stock fencing is required so thats probably the next job.  All the chickens are safe and thriving. Big ol cockerel is keeping the girls happy in on pen and when we get the others penned in we will also give them a boyfriend.

The geese and ducks are happy splashing around in the pond with the fish and morhens.

And of course our puppies are growing happily with the aid of the parrot who likes to feed them her chillies. Not a good idea. so no more chillies for her. I wonder what they will make of the snow if we get any.

stay safe everyone





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